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Unformatted text preview: T HE BUSISNESS OF MED I EVAL CHURCH Roman Catholicism official religion of Western Europe; head was the Pope In the Central and Late Middle Age the Catholic Church evolved into a well structured and powerful place Papacy similar to a monarchy Church had its own law, courts of justice, officials and a lot of ways to make money 1. Church Views on Business Two conflicting views on business Encouraged business but regarded it with disdain and suspicion due to immorality that could be present (greed) Jews were singled out and seen as a threat Discrimination helped unify Christians 11 th and 12 th century Jews were forced off their lands causing many to migrate to urban centres in cities and towns they would become artisans and merchants Urban guild restricted their memberships to only Christians Some of the Jews turned to money lenders with interest Subject to special taxes and closely monitored, these authorties included elites, ruling governments and church officials...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2011 for the course MOS 1803 taught by Professor Gogan during the Spring '10 term at UWO.
- Spring '10